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Don Cruz Hurls No-Hitter Against South Dad
Only One Man
Reaches Base
As Cruz Fans
IS Batters
Key West’s Don Cruz
hurled a no-hit, near perfect
ballgame last night as the
Conchs picked up win num
ber five for the season a
gainst the South Dade aggre
gation in Homestead by an
8-0 score.
Cruz used a sizzling fast
ball, interspersed with a few
sharp-breaking curves, to
fan 15 batters and carve out
the finest game of his career.
He faced just 22 batters.
Rated a “third string” pit
cher, Cruz completely be
fuddled the Rebel batters,
striking out the side in the
first and seventh innings.
Only man to reach base for the
South Dade nine was Rod Tyre,
who walked in the third inning. He
was forced out shortly at second
Meanwhile, the Conchs blasted
sut ten hits and played errorless
ball. The victory marked their
second, against no defeats in Gold
Coast Conference play.
Key West started their scoring in
the first inning when leadoff bat
ter Gibby Gates singled and stole
second base. George Lastres then
poked out a double, his first of
two hits for the evening, to drive
Gates home.
Hal Solomon, who has found his
batting eye with a vengeance after
s slow start this season, then poled
•ut a single to score Lastres.
A big five run third inning, put
the Conchs far in the van. George
Lastres started the rally off with a
single and Biff Salgado tripled to
score him. Solomon and Julio Hen
riquet were both hit by pitched
balls to load the bases.
Eloy Rodriguez came through in
the clutch with a two run single,
scoring Salgado and Solomon.
Julito Santana kept the rally a
live with another single that scor
ed Henriquez and Rodriguez.
The Conchs picked up another
run in the fifth, when Henriquez
led off with a booming triple and
scored on Rodriguez* sacrifice fly
to right field.
After that, the Conch high com
mand substituted freely, with 15
players seeing action in the con-
The Conchs will go back into
action next Monday and Tuesday
In a two game series in the Wick
ers Field Stadium with the Fort
Lauderdale nine.
The box score:
w KEY west
-f'V'r- ab r h po a
Gates, 3b .................... 3 1 l j j
Knowles, 3b 0 0 0 0 0
Crux, p -40 1 0 0
Lastres, cf 42 2 o 0
Salgado, lb 4 1 l 4 0
Curry, lb 0 0 0 1 0
Solomon, If 1 1 1 00
Pita, If 1 0 0 0 0
Hennquez, c 1 2 1 10 0
Kerr, c 000 so
Rodriguez, 2b ............ 3 1 1 1 0
Catala, 2b .. „ 1 0 0 0 1
Bean, rf 3 0 1 0 1
Yates, rf 100 00
Santana, ss 3 0 1 l 1
Haskins, ss 0 0 0 0 0
Totals— 28 810 21 "4
Player- AB R H PO A
Biondo, 3b 3 0 0 1 6
Case, ss 3 0 0 1 2
Engel, If 3 0 0 0 0
Underwood, rf - p .... 0 0 0 20
Stewart, cf - 2 0 0 0 0
Adams, lb 2 0 0 8 0
Brown, e 1 0 0 6 1
Williams, 2b 2 0 0 3 1
Tyre, p -rf 20000
Brown, p 00000
Totals— 21 0 0 21 10
Runs batted in: Rodriguez 3,
Santana 2, Solomon, Salgado and
Lastres 1; three-base hits: Sal
gado and Henriquez; two-base hit:
Lastres; double play: Williams to
Cates to Adams; wild pitch: Tyre;
strikeouts: Cruz 15, Tyre 5, Under
wood 2; walks: Cruz 1, Tyre 2,
Underwood 2; hits off: Tyre 9, Un
derwood 1; winning pitcher: Cruz;
losing pitcher: Tyre.
Sport Shorts
LAKELAND (^V-Florida South
ern College pitchers hurled one-hit
ball against Howard College here
yesterday, enabling the college
here to whip the Birmingham
baseball team 10-0 and 8-4 in a
Walt Krauss and Beano Fanelli
Were the one-hit pitchers.
tennis team swept the doubles and
took four of six singles matches
j Essttrdiij to defeat the University
Owner Sees
FIL Upswing
George, cheerful owner of the Tal
lahassee Rebels, believes there’s a
future for the Florida International
League with “the right combina
tion of color, promotion and sound
business management.”
The 30-year-old George seems
as well qualified as anyone to com
up with the formula that will put
the tottering FIL back on its
financial feet.
For four years (1949 through
1952) he managed Crowley of the
Class C Evangeline League and,
in a town of only 12,000 population,
drew more than 100,000 fans each
season. His team won the pennant
three times.
Last season, he struck out on
his own for the first time, taking
over operation of the Dublin team
in the Georgia State League. That
venture failed and George turned
the franchise over to local inter
ests, but he says he “learned a
George, a native Alabaman with
a ready smile, is the owner, presi
dent and field manager of the
Rebels and expects to work regu
larly as the catcher.
Tallahassee’s prospects, he says,
“are hard to tell until I see the
rest of the league, but we have a
good group to start with and I’m
counting on getting some help lat
er.” The team, an independent,
has a working agreement with
Shreveport of the Texas League.
There are six veterans in camp,
including two heavy hitters, first
baseman Conklin Meriwether and
outfielder Chuck Tuttle.
Meriwether hit 119 home runs
during the past three seasons with
Galveston and Crowley. Tuttle hit
30 or more homers a year in two
seasons at Temple, Tex.
Pitching prospects, George says,
are “fair if I can get a good relief
man.” A1 Siff, a righthander, is
expected to lead the hurling staff.
Richard Caplette is a promising
righthanded rookie.
Golfers Slate
Gala Dinner
AUGUSTA, Ga. WV—The Masters
tournament here, always one of the
top social events of the golf season,
is about to become the eating-est
tournament of all.
Latest addition to die social
calendar is a dinner for all ama
teur participants the night before
the Masters opens next week.
Charlie Yates, captain of the 1953
Walker Cup team, will be host to
the amateur trenchermen.
The Augusta National Club’s an
nual dinner for the contestants and
press will be held, as usual, on
Thursday and on Friday the Mas
ters Club will be hosted by defend
ing champion Ben Hogan.
The Masters Club is composed
of 11 winners of the tournament,
plus Augusta National President
Bob Jones and tournament Chair
man Cliff Roberts. It was Hogan’s
idea to have the defending cham
pion entertain the past winners
each year.
Charley Conch’s
Watch that tote board tonight!
It’s Ladies Night at the track—
and the fairer sex seemingly has
a way of making those odds soar.
They are all admitted to the
track free of charge tonight.
Charley Conch thinks that Legal
Looter is the best hit of specula
tion of the evening.
Other selections:
First Race: Dublin Gal, Blissful
and Silver-N-Gold. (1-8-5)
Second Race: Focus, Porky Paul
and Mer-Shack. (5-4-1)
Third Race: Lodi, Perfidia and
Prem. (2-4-5)
Fourth Race: Silent Profit, Wa
va and Little Dusty. (8-7-4)
Fifth Race: Tackier, Ranch Sty
le and Restore. (5-1-4)
Sixth Race: Stormy Bug, Rem
ember Reggie and Moderator. (4-
Seventh Race: Clowner, Ellison
and High Legion. (4-1-8)
Eighth Race: Trial Line, Rama
dan and Black Bomb. (6-5-2)
Ninth Race: Legal Looter, Black
Ceaser and Toggle Switch. (4-1-7)
Tenth Race: Fixed Route, Jo
Ann Del and Flirty Myrt (5-1-3)
of Florida 7-2. It was the Gators’
first loss of the season.
of Birmingham, Ala., won the
Class A championship and Rich
ard Shaughnessy of Dedham,
Mass., won the high Class A open
trophy as the Southern Zone trap
shoot opened here yesterday.
Lee recorded 197 hits while
Shaughnessy had 195. Bill Parry
of Miami snared Class D honors
with 184.
Friend Blanks Red Sox
On Three Hits Tuesday
AP Sports Writers
What’s this?
The Pittsburgh Pirates atop the
Grapefruit League standings, hit
ting home runs all over the place
and one of their pitchers tossing
a shutout?
The Pirates have been riding
along in high gear all spring and
their sluggers have been hitting—
they already have 30 home runs—•
but not even the most optimistic
Buccaneer would have predicted
that 23-year-old Bob Friend would
whitewash the powerful Boston
Red Sox.
That he did yesterday, with the
Pirates taking the decision 3-0, He
also became the first of Fred
Haney’s pitchers to go nine full
innings. The Pirate flingers
amassed a total of four shutouts
all last season.
Gavilan And Olson Say They’re Ready
CHICAGO UP oth Bobo Olson
and Kid Gavilan seem satisfied
they are as ready as they’ll ever
be for their big fight —and both
are sticking with the techniques
that brought them each a cham
Olson, the middleweight titlehold
er, ended ring drills for Friday’s
match with a five-round sparring
session yesterday. Gavilan, the
welter champ, will go a couple of
final rounds today.
It’s Olson’s 160-pound title that
is at stake in the nationally-tele
vised (10 p.m. EST) 15-rounder at
Chicago Stadium.
Olson has reached a fine edge,
says camp spokesmen so fine
that Manager Sid Flaherty wants
him to take only the lightest of
exercises from here on out, to
avoid overtraining.
For just about the first time
since he became a champion and
Boxing Results
By Th Associated Press
LONDON Don Cockell, 211,
London, outpointed Roland LaStar
za, 189 Vi, New York, 10.
son, 167, New York, stopped Sam
my Brown, 168V2, Newark, N.J., 2.
Baksi, 239, Kulpmont, Pa., knocked
out Billy Smith, 229, Aiken, S.C., 1.
HARTFORD, Conn. Johnny
Cesario, 151 Vi, Hartford, outpointed
Wesley Lowrey, 150, Saginaw,
Mich., 8.
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Friend, who has spent his entire
major league career (three years)
with the Pirates, gave up but three
hits and walked only one. He also
contributed a pair of singles.
The Chicago Cubs, with Coach
Bob Scheffing at the helm, former
Manager Phil Cavarretta in the
stands and new pilot Stan Hack on
the way, defeated the Baltimore
Orioles 3-1. Johnny Klippstein
pitched six shutout innings and
Hank Sauer and Ernie Banks hit
home runs. Joe Coleman went all
the way for Baltimore, allowing
six hits.
The Cleveland Indians beat the
New York Giants 2-1. Old Sal Mag
lie continued to impress the West
ern camp followers by going five
innings and being tapped for only
one hit.
The Philadelphia Phillies nipped
the world champion New York
found making the 147-pound welter
limit less than a joy, the Kid has
no weight problem—unless it’s the
seven or eight pounds he will spot
The Cuban senor is a sleek 153
and feeling so trim that he de
layed a four-round workout for an
hour and a half yesterday in fa
vor of a poker game. When he
finally did appear in the Midwest
A. C. ring it was only a gesture
to please a group of gym fans.
He just went through the motions.
Olson has made no secret of his
intention to attack with the busy,
aggressive tactics that earned him
54 victories in 60 fights and, next
to-the-last-time out, the world’s
championship in a bout with Randy
“He can’t keep me away,” says
Olson. “I’ve cornered better men
than him on the ropes.”
Baldoni, 155, Baltimore, stopped
Stanford Bulla, 157, New York, 2.
CHICAGO Ron Stribling, 134,
Cedar Rapids, lowa, outpointed
Sauveur Chiocca, 145, Mexico, 10.
LOS ANGELES Dave Rollins,
129, Detroit, outpointed Reuben
Smith, 127, Los Angeles, 10.
SPOKANE Gene Brixen, 185,
Sandpoint, Idaho, and Chuck Roos,
199, Portland, Ore., drew, 6.
TOKYO Masahi Akiyama, Ja
pan. outpointed Tommy Lerma,
Manila, 12. (For Orient lightweight
title). *
County Stadium, home of the
Milwaukee Braves, has a seating
capacity of 44,091.
Wednesday, March 31, 1954
Yankees 7-6 with the Yanks’ main
stock in trade—a home run. Del
Ennis hit it off rookie Bob Grim
to break a 6-6 tie in the fifth
In the only other game between
major league teams—most of them
are breaking camp in the South
land the Washington Senators
turned back the Cincinnati Red
legs when Roy Sievers hit a bases
loaded, two-out, ninth-inning home
run off Jack Crimian.
Elsewhere around the circuits:
The Brooklyn Dodgers sent Don
Zimmer, the heir-apparent to Pee
Wee Reese’s shortstop job, to their
Vero Beach, Fla., replacement
center to await assignment to one
of their farms. The Boston Red
Sox sold veteran catcher Gus Niar
hos to Louisville of the American
Flaherty says his fighter’s style
short hooks and uppercuts and oc
casional overhand rights thrown
constantly from “on top of the
other guy”—will wear down the
Kid. “Gavilan won’t be able to
get set for those flurries of his
against Bobo,” says Flaherty.
Gavilan, on the other hand, is
confident he can make Olson fight
at long range where his well
known flurries pay off.
“You think I’m going to fight
his fight?” he demanded yester
day. “I won’t let him stay in close.
I keep him away with these (hold
ing his arms out).”
The Kid says he doesn’t think
Bobo can punch very hard and
isn’t worried that the bigger man
can hurt him that is if Bobo
is able to hit him.
“What I got feet for?” grinned
the confident Cuban. “He punch at
my head, my feet move fast, like
this (demonstrating what looked
like a tango step). Where head
used to be, nothing.”
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TV Football
KANSAS CITY OB—lt’s a long
time until the football season but
the NCAA had a full-sized gridiron
squabble on its hands today—over
that old bugaboo television.
The NCAA TV Committee had no
sooner come up with its recom
mendations for a nationally con
trolled TV football program next
fall than the Big Ten conference
The Big Ten TV Committee said
its idea of nine regional and three
nationwide telecasts of football
games was better.
The NCAA plan calls for a na
tional game-of-the-week telecast on
12 successive Saturdays, with reg
ional TV games restricted to
Thanksgiving Day. In addition,
televising of sellout games would
be banned as would panoramic
programs in which brief views of
several games are wrapped up in
a single telecast.
The Big Ten plan also would
permit a team to appear twice
regionally or once nationally while
the NCAA proposal would limit a
team to a single appearance
whether on a regional or national
The NCAA committee’s recom
mendations will go into effect if
approved by two thirds of NCAA
members. A mail referendum al
ready is in progress.
There were indications the Big
Ten might split with the NCAA
if the national program is ap
proved but it also was reported
the conference might go along in
the final reckoning.
Lakers Favored
In NBA Playoff
apolis Lakers, proud royalty of pro
basketball, open defense of their
NBA championship tonight against
Syracuse, once regarded as a team
of ragamuffins.
The odds tabbed the habitual
champion Lakers as firm favorites
to win their sixth title in seven
years in this best-of-seven final
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Bout Slated
ST. LOUIS (if)—Armand Savoie of
Montreal, knocked out in his last
fight when he bid for the light
weight championship, goes against
Arthur Persley tonight in a sched
uled 10-round bout.
Persley, of Red Cross, La., and
also knocked out just once, is
rated a harder puncher and is
ranked No. 8, one step higher in
the lightweight standings than the
The bout will be televised by
CBS at 10 p.m., EST.
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